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Thread #91948   Message #1753999
Posted By: Azizi
06-Jun-06 - 07:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kid's rhymes: Big Mac, Coca Cola & more
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kid's rhymes: Big Mac, Coca Cola & more
Down Down Baby {Version #1}
Down, down, baby down by the roller coaster
Sweet, sweet baby I'll never let you go

Shemie, shemie coco butter, shemie shemie pop
I like coffee, I like tea, I like a black boy and he likes me
So step back white boy, you don't shine
I'll get the black boy to beat your behind

Last night and the night before
I met my boyfriend at the candy store
He bought me ice cream he bought me cake
He brought me home with a belly ache

Mama, mama, I feel sick
Call the doctor, quick, quick, quick
Doctor, doctor, will I die
Close your eyes and count to five
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, I'm Alive!

Source: email to www.cocojams.com on November 2002; from Tonya Thornton {African American female} from her memories of her childhood in Crawfordville, Georgia {1979 -1987}

I collected similar versions of this rhyme from direct observation of children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania {1999-2006} and elsewhere in the United States {1998-2006}. I have also seen other examples of the verses: "I like a black boy and he likes me/so step back white boy/you don't shine/Imma get a black boy to beat your behind" on websites that post children's rhymes {in addition to my website]. On one occassion, I found the version: "I like a black boy and he likes me/so step back white girl/you don't shine/I'mma get a black girl to beat your behind".

Most of these rhymes don't include any information about the poster's race or ethnicity. But I think it's reasonable to assume that these rhymes originated with and are largely chanted by Black girls. That said, here's an example that I received from a Puerto Rican woman from New York City:

Down Down Baby {Version #2}
Down, down baby
Down, down the roller coaster
Sweet, sweet baby
I'll never let you go
Chimey chimey cocoa pop
Chimey, chimey pow
Chimey, chimey cocoa pop
Chimey, chimey pop
I like coffee, I like tea
I like a colored boy and he likes me
So lets here the rhythm of the hands, (clap, clap) 2x
Let hear the rhythm of the feet (stomp, stomp) 2x
Let's hear the rhythm of the head (ding dong) 2x
Let's hear the rhythm of the hot dog
Let's hear the rhythm of the hot dog
Put em all together and what do you get
(Clap clap, stomp stomp), ding dong, hot Dog!

Source: email to www.cocojams.com on November 2004; from Yasmin Hernadez {Latina female from {Brooklyn} New York, New York,
from her memories of her childhood in the 1980s

Yasmin did however say that her neighborhood was mixed Black & Latina, so the source for this rhyme may have been Black girls.

It's my position that children's rhymes can provide information about the life, times, values, attitudes, concerns, and hopes that children have. These examples of "I Love Coffee" {which is often called "Down Down Baby" in Pittsburgh area and elsewhere} reveal that confrontation [still] exist among children of different races. Perhaps this rhyme is evidence of the time when children experienced integration for the first time in school and on the playground. Maybe this rhyme speaks to present day grievances among children of different races. And maybe these words don't mean anything at all.

But maybe they do.